Nation: What Happens if SALT Dies

Far from being hurt, Moscow is free to build new weapons

For a dozen years, the momentum of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks and the sheer importance of what was being negotiated helped SALT to survive the sometimes quixotic workings of American democracy and the sometimes brutal vicissitudes of Soviet behavior. President Carter's decision to request a postponement of the Senate debate on ratification of the SALT treaty could spell the end not just of SALT II but of the prospects for SALT III, the SALT process as a whole, and the array of...

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